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Passover, A Celebration of Freedom

Passover Seder Plate

Passover is a time for families and friends to gather together and share the story of our forefathers seeking, and finding, freedom.

“Passover’s theme of freedom is a core Jewish value,” says Rabbi Karen Bender, the Jewish Home’s Jack H. Skirball Director of Spiritual Life. “When we sit down at our Seders, we engage in collective memory. We celebrate our exodus from the darkness of slavery into the freedom of the desert, and, ultimately, heading toward the Promised Land. Our story does not stand alone, however. We must link it to the world in which we live.”

Rabbi Bender explains, “The Seder is bittersweet, not only because we remember the bitterness of Egypt, but because there are still slaves and people who are oppressed. Passover is about every individual’s right to move from suffering and oppression to a place of safety and freedom.”

On the first night of Passover in 1912, five homeless immigrant men sought freedom to worship with their brethren, safe from the ethnic taunts they had to endure at the “poor house” where they lived. They were taken in by caring Angelenos who read the Haggadah with them and served them dinner. The occasion marked a turning point in the life of the Los Angeles Jewish community, and those five seniors were the first residents of what would become the Jewish Home. The Community Seder at the Home has been a continuous tradition since that historic night one-hundred and five years ago.

Please take this opportunity to join residents and staff of the Jewish Home for a truly heartwarming experience as we celebrate Passover and the freedom it represents.

For information about the Home’s Seders for Grancell Village residents and family members, please contact us at (818) 774-3217 or

For information about the Home’s Seders for Eisenberg Village residents and family members, please contact us at (818) 774-3386 or

This year’s Community Seder begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11th at the Jewish Home’s Eisenberg Village campus. Please RSVP at (818) 774-3386 or

All Seder meals and services require advance purchase of tickets by March 27th.

On behalf of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, Chag Sameach!

Posted by: Los Angeles Jewish Home  |  Mar 10, 2017
Tags: Around the Home, Jewish Tradition, Rabbi Karen Bender
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